By Evan Grice
While the Bethany Lady Bronchos might have started with an 8-0 run Tuesday night, all it did was simply make the No. 7 Piedmont Lady Wildcats angry.
What resulted was a 17-3 run to end the first quarter, which eventually led to PHS earning its sixth straight victory with a 59-30 thumping of the Lady Bronchos.
A huge part of why the Lady Wildcats were able to stay in the game early on was the play of Sydney Morrison, who finished with seven points on the night, all of them coming in the first quarter when PHS was facing its deficit.
“I was just thinking, keep playing out there,” Morrison said about her mindset during the 8-0 run in the first. “Anything can happen, and it was only eight points. We can definitely score eight points. If we want something bad enough then we are going to go get it. Our biggest thing is staying positive out there on the court and encouraging one another.”
Piedmont managed to take its first lead of the night at 12-11 with 0:47 left before the end of the first quarter, and never looked back from that moment on.
Any momentum that Bethany had to open the quarter was stripped away from them and given right over to the Lady Wildcats, who forced 25 turnovers on the evening.
“The biggest thing for us is that we needed to start playing intense defense,” Piedmont coach Jamie Hill said. “We were letting Bethany dictate the pace of the game and you’re not going to win a game that way. Once we picked up our defensive intensity, which turned into offense for us. Tonight wasn’t our best night, but we managed to get through it and work as a team. We came out with a good solid win against a well-coached Bethany team.”
At the halftime break, Piedmont was well in control at 30-17 before holding Bethany to single digit scoring totals in the third and fourth quarters of the game.
Hayden Priddy led the way offensively for Piedmont (11-4) with 21 points on the night, followed by Bre Reid who totaled 11 points for Piedmont.
“Coach Hill just told us to penetrate the lane, because our outside shots weren’t falling,” Priddy said. “It’s so hard to maintain your composure when things aren’t going your way out there. This shows a lot of maturity for us because we were communicating with one another instead of yelling, and things worked out for the best.”
Mina Iyaye collected six points along with Abbie Hall and Keli Patterson, while Kayden Carver, Alex Hall and Maddie Sperle scored two points.
Lexi Smith led the Lady Bronchos with 11 points followed by Brooklyn Judkins with seven points.
Piedmont will be back in action Friday night Feb. 14 for a rematch against Western Heights with tip-off set for 6:30 p.m. from WHHS.
The Lady Wildcats dismantled the Lady Jets earlier this week by a score of 76-25.